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Business Owners

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act means specific obligations for employers and proprietors of enclosed workplaces and public places in Ontario.

Designated Smoking Rooms (DSRs) were Eliminated on May 31, 2006

  • No designated smoking rooms (DSRs) are permitted in any enclosed public place or enclosed workplace in Ontario
  • DSR’s within Peel bars, restaurants, billiard halls, bingo halls and night clubs were eliminated four years earlier than allowed by the Region of Peel’s Smoke-free By-law

Employer Responsibilities

Employers responsible for ensuring compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

  • The Smoke-Free Ontario Act requires that proprietors and employers ensure these environments remain smoke-free by enforcing the compliance of everyone within the enclosed area
  • Notify all employees and patrons that smoking tobacco or holding lighted tobacco is prohibited within the enclosed area
  • Ensure that a person who refuses to comply with this restriction does not remain in the enclosed area
  • Post signs that prohibit smoking throughout the enclosed area (including washrooms)
  • Ensure that no ashtrays or similar equipment are present within the enclosed area

Employees are Protected

  • Employees who report non-compliant employers are legally protected from reprisal by their employers under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act Signage

“No smoking” signs must be posted at all entrances, exits, washrooms and other appropriate locations in order to ensure that everyone knows that smoking is prohibited within an enclosed public place or enclosed workplace.

This page explains these signage requirements.

You can get these FREE signs here. To download these signs, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion website. You can also call the Region of Peel – Public Health at 905-799-7700 for more information.

Enforcement

  • Peel Health Public Health Inspectors are responsible for enforcing the legislation
  • Public Health Inspectors conduct random spot checks at all tobacco retailers and enclosed workplaces and public places to ensure compliance with the legislation
  • Failure to comply with the requirements of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act may result in legal action (e.g. being charged and/or fined)
  • Employees who report non-compliant employers are legally protected from reprisal by their employers under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Fact Sheets

For more detailed information about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, please refer to the following fact sheets:

You can also visit the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion website for more information.

Questions?

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act eliminated designated smoking rooms (DSRs) in Peel four years earlier than allowed by the Region of Peel’s Smoke-free By-law. It uniformly protects people from exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS). New restrictions to decrease access to tobacco products for children and youth are an important part of this legislation to prevent children and youth from starting to smoke.

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